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A NASA probe orbiting Mars has captured new photos of two dead spacecraft frozen in place at their Red Planet graves. The photos were taken by NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has been circling the planet since 2006.
The spacecraft first spied NASA’s dead Phoenix Mars Lander in the Martian arctic on January 26 in a color photo that reveals the lander and its frigid surroundings as they appeared following Phoenix’s second winter on the planet. The Phoenix spacecraft landed successfully on Mars in 2008. Then the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded new view on January 29, 2012, providing the first image from orbit to show Spirit’s lander platform in color. The view covers an area about 2,000 feet (about 600 meters) wide, dominated by Bonneveille Crater. North is up. A bright spot on the northern edge of Bonneville Crater is a remnant of Spirit’s heat shield. Spirit drove off the lander platform in January 2004 and spent most of its six-year working life in a range of hills roughly two miles (3.2 kilometers) to the east. The rover went silent in 2010 and NASA officially declared it dead last year.
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